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Kyodo News opinion poll & results from Tokyo Shimbun

Questions & answers (%)

(Figures in parentheses are the results of the survey conducted July 17–18, 2021.)

 

Q1: Do you support the Suga cabinet?

 

Yes

31.8

(35.9)

No

50.6

(49.8)

Don’t know (D/K) + No answer (N/A)

17.6

(14.3)

 

Q2: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the previous question) What is the primary reason for your approval of the Suga cabinet?

 

The prime minister is trustworthy

18.4

(16.9)

Because it’s a coalition cabinet of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan and Komeito

16.5

(17.3)

The prime minister has leadership ability

1.7

(3.0)

Something can be expected of its economic policies

3.0

(5.1)

Something can be expected of its foreign policy

2.2

(3.5)

There’s no other appropriate person [for prime minister]

55.7

(51.9)

Other answers (O/A)

1.9

(0.2)

D/K+N/A

0.6

(2.1)

 

Q3: (Only for those who answered “no” to the first question) What is the primary reason for your disapproval of the Suga cabinet?

 

The prime minister is untrustworthy

14.9

(14.3)

Because it’s a coalition cabinet of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan and Komeito

5.4

(6.7)

The prime minister lacks leadership ability

43.9

(33.9)

Nothing can be expected of its economic policies

14.7

(19.8)

Nothing can be expected of its foreign policy

2.8

(5.7)

Don’t think the prime minister is appropriate for the position

16.9

(17.4)

O/A

0.5

(1.6)

D/K+N/A

0.9

(0.6)

 

Q4: Which political party do you support?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

39.5

(42.3)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

11.6

(11.2)

Komeito (Komeito)

4.5

(5.0)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

4.7

(3.0)

Nippon Ishin (Japan Innovation Party) (Nippon Ishin no Kai)

6.0

(6.1)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1.2

(2.0)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.5

(1.2)

NHK Party (The Party Fighting against NHK in the Trial for Violating Article 72 of the Attorney Act) (NHK To [NHK to Saiban Shiteru To Bengoshiho 72-jo ihan de])

0.7

(0.7)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

1.4

(1.0)

Other political parties, groups

0.1

(0.3)

None of the above (NOTA)

27.3

(25.0)

D/K+N/A

2.5

(2.2)

 

Q5: Do you approve of the government’s handling of COVID-19 so far?

 

Yes

28.7

(33.9)

No

67.8

(64.2)

D/K+N/A

3.5

(1.9)

 

Q6: The government decided that only patients with severe COVID-19 or those at risk of developing severe symptoms would be admitted to hospitals in areas facing a virus resurgence and others would in principle recuperate at home, drawing criticism from the public and both ruling and opposition lawmakers. The prime minister later clarified that patients with moderate symptoms who are at high risk of developing severe symptoms will be admitted to hospitals. Are you worried about the government’s policy for securing COVID-19 beds?

 

Yes

79.9

 

No

18.3

 

D/K+N/A

1.8

 

 

Q7: Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide says he will distribute enough vaccine doses to cover 80% of the population aged at least 12 by the beginning of October. Do you think the government’s vaccine rollout is moving ahead smoothly or slowly?

 

Smoothly

21.7

 

Slowly

75.5

 

D/K+N/A

2.8

 

 

Q8: Do you think it is good that the Tokyo Olympics were held?

 

Yes

62.9

 

No

30.8

 

D/K+N/A

6.3

 

 

Q9: Do you think that the Tokyo Olympics are one of the factors contributing to the rapid surge of infections in the nation?

 

Yes

59.8

 

No

36.4

 

D/K+N/A

3.8

 

 

Q10: The Tokyo Paralympic Games are scheduled to open on Aug. 24. How do you think they should be handled?

 

A limited number of spectators should be allowed at the venues

14.7

 

The Games should be held with no spectators

64.7

 

The Games should be canceled

19.0

 

Other

0.6

 

D/K+N/A

1.0

 

 

Q11: Prime Minister Suga’s term as Liberal Democratic Party president ends in September this year. Would you like to see him reelected in the LDP presidential election and continue as prime minister?

 

Yes

27,5

 

No

65.1

 

D/K+N/A

7.4

 

 

Q12: Which party do you intend to vote for in the proportional representation segment of the next Lower House election?

 

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

38.4

(38.1)

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

12.2

(13.1)

Komeito (Komeito)

5.0

(5.8)

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

5.5

(4.1)

Nippon Ishin (Japan Innovation Party) (Nippon Ishin no Kai)

6.1

(6.2)

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1.1

(2.1)

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.6

(1.1)

NHK Party (The Party Fighting against NHK in the Trial for Violating Article 72 of the Attorney Act) (NHK To [NHK to Saiban Shiteru To Bengoshiho 72-jo ihan de])

0.8

(0.5)

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

1.0

(1.0)

Other political parties, groups

0.1

(0.4)

D/K+N/A

29.2

(27.6)

 

[Note: The NHK Party (The Party Fighting against NHK in the Trial for Violating Article 72 of the Attorney Act) (NHK To [NHK to Saiban Shiteru To Bengoshiho 72-jo ihan de]) was referred to as “Arashi Party (Arashi no To)” in the previous poll. The full name of the party as of this August poll is “The Party Fighting against NHK in the Trial for Violating Article 72 of the Attorney Act (NHK to Saiban Shiteru To Bengoshiho 72 Jo Ihan de),” and the party’s abbreviation is “NHK Party (NHK To).”]

 

Polling methodology: The survey was conducted by telephone on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis on Aug. 14–16, targeting voters across the nation. However, the survey excluded landline numbers in some areas of Fukushima Prefecture. The survey covered 676 randomly selected households with eligible voters nationwide [by landline phone], with responses collected from 543 people. A total of 1,302 people were accessed through their mobile phones, of which 524 responded.

 

For landline numbers, polling was suspended in areas for which an emergency warning for heavy rain was issued at the time.

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